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Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Notre Dame have long shared a deep tradition of serving people and society. Today, we continue this tradition by developing the fundamental and applied technologies that impact people’s well-being through four major research themes:

Unique synergies exist within and across these themes with faculty, students, and staff working on some of the most challenging problems of the 21st century related to:

  • Natural and Manmade Hazards
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Earth Systems

Developments through cutting-edge research in our laboratories have deepened fundamental science and understanding of the underlying processes, have led and continue to lead to advanced applied engineering tools, and have been used to design major infrastructure projects and/or to evaluate risk and hazards across the world.

Coupled with these thriving research programs, we have very innovative and exciting undergraduate programs that synergize classroom teaching with research, field trips, service programs, lecture series, and hands-on experiences that expose students to the realities and professionals in their field. Our graduate and undergraduate alumni have a history of success and exemplary leadership in academia, consulting, national laboratories, construction, and industry.

I welcome you to explore our web site or visit us in person at Notre Dame.

Sincerely Yours,


Joannes J. Westerink
Joseph and Nona Ahearn Professor in Computational Science and Engineering Henry J. Massman Chairman